Academy Travel is the largest cultural themed tour operator in Australia and we are pleased to offer this tour to our UK travellers through our London office.

Greece Agamemnon to Alexander

Apr 12 - 30, 2021
19 days
£5,640 per person, twin share (land content only). £1,110 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
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Tour
Leader

Dr John Tidmarsh

Overview

Explore Ancient Greece on this 19-day tour, focussing on two of the most remarkable eras: the Aegean Bronze Age and the rule of the Macedonian kings, Philip and Alexander the Great. The tour begins with the sprawling palaces of the Minoans on Crete and then continues to Athens and the Peloponnese, entering the world of Mycenaean kings with their forbidding palaces and monumental burials. It then visits the great classical sites of Olympia and Delphi before arriving at Thessaloniki, gateway to ancient Macedon.

Highlights

  • The palace of Minos at Knossos, the legendary Minotaur’s lair
  • The incomparable museums, Acropolis and Agora of Athens
  • The palaces of Agamemnon at Mycenae, the citadel of Tiryns and the beautifully preserved Palace of Nestor at Pylos
  • Enchanting Delphi, home of the oracle
  • Meteora, whose stone pinnacles are crowned by Byzantine monasteries
  • The Macedonian capital of Pella, birthplace of Alexander, with its opulent houses and fine mosaics
  • Vergina, where Alexander’s father Philip was assassinated, and his spectacular tomb discovered unplundered in 1977

Itinerary overview

Day 1:Arrive in Athens.

Days 2–4:Fly to Heraklion and explore the palaces of Knossos, Malia and Phaistos.

Days 5–6:Return to Athens, admire the acropolis and the Archaeological Museum.

Days 7–8:Drive to Nafplio to visit Mycenae, Epidaurus and Tiryns.

Days 9–10:The Palace of Nestor and the Venetian castle at Methoni.

Day 11:The Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia.

Days 12–13:Continue to Delphi.

Day 14:Travel to Volos via Thermopylae.

Days 15–19:Drive to Meteora. In Thessaloniki explore Macedonian Pella and Vergina.

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